By  on May 17, 2007

ATLANTA — Jewelry designer David Yurman, Bergdorf Goodman fashion director Linda Fargo and Town & Country editor in chief Pamela Fiori were honored last Thursday at the Style Etoile gala of the Savannah College of Art and Design here. The event kicked off SCAD's second annual style and design week, featuring, among others, designer Cynthia Rowley and Andy Spade, chief executive officer of Kate Spade.

The honorees all spoke about the evolution of fashion and luxury.

"There's been a loosening of the luxury lifestyle and, God knows, it needed it," Fiori said. "Today, luxury is no longer represented by a stiff family portrait in a formal living room. It's a casually dressed, blended family, in a room filled with digital photography [and] Chinese art. It's part West Elm and part Paris flea market. "

Fargo said the luxury market had yet to peak, and Yurman said Fargo and Fiori were examples of the ideal of the modern woman. "They're smart, real, they travel, shop. They work hard in a smart way," he said.

Atlanta philanthropists Judy and Michael Mauldin, and SCAD alumnus Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, president of Nancy Gonzalez designer accessories, were honorary chairmen of the event.

Proceeds from the $300-per-ticket Style Etoile Gala benefit the SCAD Style Scholarship, which allows one student from both SCAD-Atlanta and the Savannah location to study at the SCAD-Lacoste campus in Provence, France.

The week culminates with Saturday in Savannah, featuring the annual student fashion show. Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley and SCAD president Paula S. Wallace will present Marc Jacobs with the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement award.

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